Until Alistair Overeem registered an elevated T:E ratio on a surprise drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was hogging MMA headlines.
From controversially admitting to TRT usage and publicly denouncing the UFC, to filming… whatever this is, Jackson was squarely in the spotlight for quite awhile -– for everything but his chosen profession.
Jackson has always been mercurial and capricious, but his latest string of behavior seems like it’s going to end with his eventual, and many say premature, exit from the UFC.
In a recent conversation with MMAFighting, UFC president Dana White spoke on Jackson’s legacy and his consistently bizarre behavior.
“I think he could have been so much better if he applied himself. He had all the tools. Incredible chin, knockout power in both hands, incredible charisma and personality. Tell me Rampage Jackson wasn’t born to fight. Not only in his power, but his attributes, his wrestling, his chin, the list goes on and on.
“He’s crazy. Rampage takes losses really hard, and, I don’t know, we’ll just see what happens, see how this thing plays out. His potential could have been so much more. This is a crazy business, you always have these guys who think they’re getting screwed and this and that and everything else that’s happening. ‘Rampage’ wants to fight one more fight on his contract, and his last fight, and he’ll never make that money ever again for the rest of his life. A lot of those guys in the UFC don’t realize that until it’s too late.”
But hey, there’s always the A-Team sequel.
“If you look at the only movie he ever acted in, The A-Team, he did a great job in that movie. If you look at all the guys who have tried to cross over into acting, Rampage is the only one who has ever done a good job at it. He’s actually a really good actor.”